In 2011, three University of Maryland students noticed a troubling paradox: campus dining halls were wasting nutritious food while community members were going hungry. The students began recovering surplus food and donating it to local hunger-fighting nonprofits, and Food Recovery Networks was born. Today, FRN is a national network of 192 chapters in 43 states that have donated more than 1.3 million pounds of food – in just five years. From its headquarters at UMD in Prince George's County, staff provide one-on-one mentorship to all chapter leaders, empowering them as community change-agents and helping them develop professional skills in communications, volunteer management, community outreach, and more. The National Food Recovery Dialogue, a conference that engages hundreds of leaders, changes not only the trajectory of would-be-wasted food but also the conversation around food systems in America. Food Recovery Certified, the first program of its kind, recognizes businesses that donate surplus food to people in need instead of sending it to landfills. Building leaders, reducing waste, fighting hunger – that’s more than just food for thought.